Nicky Hayden Undergoes Wrist Surgery

November 15, 2011
Courtesy of Ducati Press
Nicky Hayden: I think I was the only guy who used the same rear tyre the whole session  and I was able to click off three 51s there at the end. I was looking forward to riding this afternoon  but unfortunately it was cancelled. I hope they get it sorted out overnight  as it wasnt good for anybody  but theres no need to dwell on it. - Aragon GP 2011

Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden underwent surgery on Monday, 14 November, to speed up the healing process on his right wrist, which was injured in a crash at the November 7 Valencia Grand Prix. During the operation, which was carried out at the Fremont Sports Therapy and Surgery Center in Fremont, California, USA, Dr. Arthur Ting placed a small screw in Hayden’s fractured scaphoid. The radial styloid, which is also fractured, was not treated.
“Everything went pretty smoothly,” Hayden said shortly after the operation. “The scaphoid is a slow-healing bone, so you don’t want to wait, only to find out in January that it’s not healing correctly. I’m happy to get it fixed right so that I’ll be ready to go when I need to be.”
After wearing a brace and using a bone stimulator for four weeks, Hayden will have his wrist X-rayed again to assess its status. He is confident of being at full fitness before his return to the track for the first day of the 2012 testing season on January 31 in Sepang, Malaysia.

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